Indian festivities – especially the ones down South in the Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada regions – are synonymous with prasadam, that is, the food or offering offered to the deities worshipped during a particular festival or auspicious occasion. And the wide variety of the kinds of prasadam that is whipped up by each household is nothing short of magnificent. Right from a sweet drink like panakam, to decadent doughy edibles like the chalimidi, the list is endless. One such prasadam preparation is the Maa Vilakku or maavilakku).
Maavilakku is made during occasions like aadi velli,purattasi sani, karthigai deepam, etc. The dish is actually an edible lamp made of fresh ground rice flour, oil, and jaggery. Once offered and worshipped, the lamp is eaten as prasadam. Needless to say, it is truly a unique kind of recipe. Here’s how you can make the maavilakku at home.Image: sharmispassions
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